My Daily Routine: Mahir Kalra

My Daily Routine: Mahir Kalra

How Mahir, founder of Habitual Money incorporates healthy habits in his daily routine

How does your average day look like?

So I am self employed, which is nice. My days vary, but I guess they follow the same general schedule where I have meetings statically through the week. They're generally 30 minutes to an hour, depending on who I'm talking to.   I'm building my own start up so I'm meeting with a designer or potential coders.

Tell me more about the start up, what are you building?

Yeah, it's a personal finance app to help you understand your money, income and spending habits. It's very hands on, but it allowed me to kind of structure my day the way that I want. I try to basically get the meetings done in the morning and then I have a deep work time in the afternoon and sometimes the evening.  After that I'll get dinner and then hang out with my girlfriend or play video games with the boys.

Awesome. What's one thing you really love doing during the day?

I used to live in Manhattan, and we had a pool right next to us which I used to swim in. That was my thing. Right now I'm trying to get into jump roping.  But  with swimming, It was something I could easily just get up and do because I since I used to do it all the time growing up.
After this move because  I haven't got back into a routine for working out since there's no easy gym or easy pool to go to over here... And then, you know, COVID happened. All the gyms were closed. Now just probably my most chill time is going on walks with my dog and my girlfriend. That's been super nice, especially during COVID. It's a reason to get out of the house multiple times a day and just destress, stop thinking about work, just chat about life and the future.

How do you feel when you don't get a chance to implement one of these healthy habits in your day?

I guess I get stressed. Luckily, my dog needs to go out at least four times a day, so I exercise daily. And I've traveled. So I haven't really had a chance not to walk a lot. It's also exercise in a way.

What do you usually do besides swimming for working out?

In the gym  I doing programs, I guess, I've done Sanity a few times, which is a very rigid stick to a schedule.  I did  the five by five, which is another workout a few times which I've stuck with it for a few months.
If there's a schedule and a routine that I can stick to, that's kind of preset it's easy for me to follow, just like with swimming. Go there, do 100 laps, go home. It's simple. That's what I used to do.

Awesome, totally agree. So how do you plan your day?

Most of my work right now is developer heavy, so I'm coding all the time.  I'm not tired or I don't want  do anything else. So it's very organic and very fluid right now. I go to all my meetings that I need to. I just went through OnDeck, a few weeks ago and I had a lot of meetings in that because it's a networking thing and you're trying to meet a lot of people. So my schedule was a lot more rigid then.
But now it's a lot more fluid. I have, three team syncs a week that are kind of on the calendar. And then I have these, one-on-one meetings for meeting the founders and talking about different things, networking, meeting friends. But besides, that is just sleep when I'm tired, work when I'm not. And then when I want to chill out, then sure.

What's your health stack, as in an Apple Watch or any other wearable?

When I was swimming, I actually got the Garmin.  It's now sitting on my desk, but it tracks your laps, and I would use it religiously just to track my swimming. But I don't use it on a day to day basis. I don't have an Apple watch. I do look at my steps occasionally on my phone, but it's if I I had a really active day, went on the city walk around a lot. I've been traveling that's when I look at it, but I do not religiously look at my Apple Health stats at all.

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